Chinese Model Should Be Applied In Kashmir To Defeat Coronavirus: Doctors Association Kashmir {DAK}

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Chinese Model Should Be Applied In Kashmir To Defeat Coronavirus: Doctors Association Kashmir {DAK}

31 March 2020/KNN

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Monday said that Covid-19 is a new disease and every day doctors learn how to tackle the impending crisis posed by virus stating that it is time to apply Chinese model to defeat the deadly disease.
President, DAK, Dr Suhail Naik In a press statement issued to Kashmir News Network-KNN said that doctors in Kashmir must-have “experiences of failure” of many countries that have been draped by the novel coronavirus.
“We have now completed tenth days of lockdown which covers the incubation period of Covid-19 for the majority of cases to surface, but we are not in crisis,” he said.
Dr Naik said this vividly indicates that “we are following the right path to combat the Covid-19.”
“But this doesn’t mean that we will show complacency and it is right time to prepare ourselves for tackling all the expected crisis due to Covid-19,” he said.
Dr Naik said from the various scientific studies, it is now clear that around 85% Covid-19 positive patients have the mild or asymptomatic disease and can be easily managed at home.
“Further 10% of patients have severe disease and need hospitalisation for oxygen and supportive care. While about 5 % patients have a critical disease, who invariably need ventilator support and admission in critical care units,” he said.
Dr Naik said keeping in view the strength of the local health system it is very imperative that “we must follow the Chinese model of Covid-19.”
“The Chinses model was released by Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University for the novel coronavirus Management and Research Team,” he said.
Naik said guidelines suggested that quarantine, isolation could be done at home with proper guidance, home surveillance and only sick patients should be sent to hospitals.
“By adopting the Chinese model, it is quite possible that around 85% of Covid-19 positive cases can be managed at home under surveillance of frontline health workers. This strategy will save our health structure from overburden and as such prevent the crisis,” he said.
DAK said that China has also released home care guidelines and recommend that those with mild symptoms and the positive test should stay in a well-ventilated, single-occupancy room at home and household articles should be cleaned and disinfected with a chlorine-containing solution (500 mg/L) frequently every day.
“Visits from relatives and friends should be limited and the caregiver should be a healthy family member who does not have any underlying diseases. The patient’s activity should be restricted,” DAK said.
“The guidelines strongly suggest that if all public health measures are implemented at home by educating family and under the surveillance of frontline health workers majority of patients can be isolated, quarantined and managed at home only,” said DAK.
Dr Naik, who is also consultant Paediatrician said that even the Paediatric department of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) recommends the home quarantine and Isolation for contacts and cases of Covid-19 positive respectively.{KNN}

Government Of Jammu And Kashmir Issued Orders For Re Constitution Of Board Of Directors Of Power Development Corporation (PDC)

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Government Of Jammu And Kashmir Issued Orders For Re Constitution Of Board Of Directors Of Power Development Corporation (PDC)

 

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High Court: Violence By Police To Enforce Restrictions Not Permissible

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High Court: Violence By Police To Enforce Restrictions Not Permissible

 

The J&K High Court on Monday directed police not to inflict excesses or physical violence against any person while enforcing restrictions amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The direction was passed after Nitin Bakshi, Advocate, through email complained of excessive violence by the police and enclosed a video film purported to be from Jammu area.

Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sindhu Sharma while hearing the matter through video-conferencing said, “It is not possible for us to verify the correctness or the authenticity of the enclosures at this stage and time. However, certainly no excesses or physical violence by the police is permissible or can be countenanced.”

The court said, “Let the representation of Nitin Bakshi and the enclosures thereof be forwarded by the Registrar Judicial to the IGP, Jammu for examination for appropriate action.”

The court in this regard asked IGP (Jammu) to place a report before the next date of hearing and directed that the report be sent by e-mail to the office of the Registrar Judicial, Jammu, by April 3.

The court also recorded that many are misunderstanding the requirement of the lockdown and as such are resorting to their usual strolls, loitering and morning walks in local parks.

“A direction is issued to the law enforcing authorities and park owning authorities (all municipal corporations, development authorities) to prevent access to public parks, etc, which are normally used for such purposes by the citizens,” the court directed.

The court noted that the law enforcing agencies shall strictly ensure the lockdown and prevent any kind of activity which could adversely impact social distancing in any manner.

Meanwhile, Advocates Faisal Qadri and Monika Kohli raised grievance with regard to plight of the prisoners lodged in different jails of the country.

The counsels expressed deep concern about the safety and well-being of these prisoners with regard to care which is required for their protection from the COVID-19 infection.

The court directed in this regard, “We direct the Secretary of the UT of J&K to ascertain and ensure that well-being of all such prisoners is taken care of while mentioning Supreme Court directions regarding constitution of the High Powered Committee requiring the examination of the prisoners who are required to be released from prisons.”

The court said and directed that the High Powered Committee shall ensure that it strictly abides by the directives and mandate of the order of the Supreme Court of India and examines the cases of all prisoners which are to be considered as ordered.

In the meantime, the court asked for an interim report regarding the functioning of the Committee which is to be placed before the Home Secretary, UT of Jammu and Kashmir, before the next date of hearing.

Counsel Amit Gupta also submitted that an advisory has been issued by the DG Prisons and that full medical and health facilities have been ensured to the prisoners. (KR)

Public Safety Act {PSA} Revoked Against (14) Fourteen Detainees: Administration

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Public Safety Act {PSA} Revoked Against (14) Fourteen Detainees: Administration

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Monday revoked the Public Safety Act (PSA) against 14 persons who were detained in August of last year, ahead of the scrapping of special status for J&K. All of these 14 individuals have now been released from Central Jail, reported India Today.

The Home Department decided to revoke the PSA against these persons who were lodged in Central Jail Srinagar. They have been identified as Mudasir Fayaz Mir alias Aqib, Fayaz Ahmad Batkoo, Abid Hussain Sheikh, Parvaiz Ahmad Bhat, Ishfaq Ahmad Dar, Dawood Ahmad Khan, Junaid Ahmad Khan, Mehrajuddin Dentoo, Mohammad Musaib Kanwaloo, Mohammad Iqbal Gorsi, Shahid Farooq Sofi, Ghulam Mohiuddin Pandit, Nazaraf Hussain Khatana and Suheel Ahmad Shagoo.

On January 10 of this year, PSA against 26 people was revoked and they were later released from different jails, including 10 from Central Jail in Srinagar. This is the highest number of PSA revocations since then.

Authorities also revoked PSA against former J&K chief minister Dr Farooq Abdullah on March 13 and that against his son and former CM Omar Abdullah on March 24. Both of these leaders were released from custody in the wake of the revocation.

However, there are presently over 380 people who are under detention in different jails across Jammu and Kashmir under PSA. They include J&K Bar Association President Mian Abdul Qayoom and Traders’ Association President Yaseen Khan among others, said the report.

Besides these, several political leaders, including former CM and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti, PDP leaders Naeem Akhtar, Sartaj Madni, Peer Mansoor, NC leaders Ali Mohammad Sagar and Hial Lone are still in detention. Former IAS officer and head of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Movement, Dr Shah Faisal has also been held under the scope of the PSA, reported India Today.

BDC Chairman Langate Along With DO Police Station Chogal Distribute Food Items To Needy In Yunsu Langate

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BDC Chairman Langate Along With DO Police Station Chogal Distribute Food Items To Needy In Yunsu Langate

KNN/ADIL AKBAR

BDC Chairman Langate  Showkat Hassan Pandith along with DO Police post Chogal Khursheed Ahmad on Monday distributed food and other items in different areas of Block Langate.

In a statement issued to Kashmir News Network-KNN Showkat said the drive was launched in Chogal, Langate and Handwara.

In Langate Block, Police distributed food items to destitute families as a part of initiatives for the poor, whose livelihoods have been hit due to the lockdown.

He said teams from local police units reached to needy people especially non-local residents and distributed essential food items among them.

Apart from these drives, people were made aware to take precautions to fight back coronavirus pandemic. Police sought cooperation of public and obedience to the guidelines as provided by the government.

Reserve Bank Of India (RBI) Moratorium Not A Relief, Pay EMIs And Credit Card Dues If You Can

 

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Reserve Bank Of India (RBI) Moratorium Not A Relief, Pay EMIs And Credit Card Dues If You Can

The three-month moratorium allowed by the Reserve Bank of India on EMI repayments seemed to be a relief for those who had been demanding a deferment due to the lockdown. But in reality, that’s not the case.
Moratorium provides no relief to your EMIs and credit card’s outstanding payments cycle. For example, if you have to pay Rs 100,000 as an EMI for a home loan or credit card bill on April 5 and you chose not to pay. Then you will be charged an applicable monthly interest rate.
In case, you don’t pay the EMI in May as well, you will be charged interest on the principal plus interest amount for April. Clearly, the RBI’s announcement on deferment of such payments for the next three months means nothing.
If you choose not to pay your EMIs and credit card minimum outstanding balance between 1st March 2020 to 31st May 2020 and pay the accumulated interest before the given deadline, then you won’t be treated as a defaulter. Another upside from this moratorium is that non-payments of the aforementioned payments won’t impact your credit score.
According to industry estimates, credit card companies charge a compound annual interest rate of anywhere between 36% to 42%.
Moreover, credit card interest gets charged an additional 18% GST.
The impact of the credit card non-payment was also highlighted by Kunal Shah, founder and CEO of Cred, who asked credit card users to try to pay full amount due as there is no escape from the interest during this period.
Commenting on the matter, Nithin Kamath, CEO of Zerodha, has also suggested clearing credit card dues as soon as possible as banks will continue to charge the usual interest rate.
On Friday, RBI had allowed all commercial banks (including non-banking financial companies or NBFCs -housing finance companies and micro-finance institutions) and lending institutions to defer EMI repayment and interest on working capital repayments by three months.

SSP Ganderbal Distributed Food Items Among Needy Persons

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SSP Ganderbal Distributed Food Items Among Needy Persons

KNN/MIR SHOWKAT

Ganderbal Police early launched a special drive to reach out the poor especially labourers on Sunday SSP Ganderbal Khalil Ahmad Poswal reached out the people affected by the lockdown, especially labourers and provided them ration and eatable items as a helping gesture to the effected people, whose livelihoods have been hit due to the lockdown.

SSP Ganderbal also awared people to take special precautions to fight back this Coronavirus Pandemic besides sought their co-operation and obedience to the guidelines as provided by government and not to come out of homes.

The ration and eatable items were distributed among almost 100 needy families especially labour classes.

People praised Ganderbal Police especially to SSP Ganderbal for this warm helping gesture.

Handwara Police Provides Food Grains To Poor Widow Families Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

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Handwara Police Provides Food Grains To Poor Widow Families Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

 

KNN/ADIL AKBAR

Amid Corona lockdown, handwara Police has come forward to help the needy. In mawer Qalamabad Police has been at the forefront in extending help to the people with poor financial background.

According to Kashmir News Network-KNN Correspondent, SDPO handwara Tariq mehmood alongwith SHO Qalamabad sheikh javid on Sunday provided foodgrains and other eatable items Atleast 12 families who had run short of money requested for help.

The SDPO handwara provided , Rice and other food grains to the familes who are said to be very poor widows they had no cash to feed the families amid lockdown.

Meanwhile people have appreciated SP handwara Dr GV Sandeep for his gesture and hope that handwara Police would continue to extend their support and help to the poeple during these challenging times.{KNN}

Jammu And Kashmir +2 PSC Lecturers Association Hails The Decision Of The Department To Donate For Covid-19

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Jammu And Kashmir +2 PSC Lecturers Association Hails The Decision Of The Department To Donate For Covid-19

KNN/March 29/2020

All J & K +2 PSC Lecturers’ Association hails the decision taken by the department and as tweeted by worthy Principal Secretary Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon wherein all the Gazetted teachers of the department will donate 2 Day’s Salary and NG teachers one day salary to Covid-19 Mitigation Fund. 

The Association in a press statement issued to Kashmir News Network-KNN said they had already proposed and made its intentions clear to provide each and every help whether financial or other to the UT administration for mitigation of his pandemic crisis that has claimed thousands of lives across the globe, the J & K being no exception which has already lost two lives and hundreds are in quarantine. Also the Lecturers recruited under Special Recruitment Rules 2015(SRO-202) have desired to donate their medical allowance in addition two days salary for the benefit of desiring and needy people. The Association is ready to provide financial help in future also till the prevailing crises are over.

Pertinent to mention that hundreds of our cadres are presently working with the administration as Covid-19 Nodal Officers, with Surveillance Teams and as Duty Magistrates to help the Administration and the general public in these crisis and testing times and it is our resolve to stand with the people in every moment.

To mitigate the sufferings of the student community and to compensate their academic loss, the Association has created a YouTube Channel “THE LECTURERS ASSOCIATION” to provide free subject specific lectures and other study material for class 11 and 12 students and other technological means to engage the students in a fruitful and student friendly manner. The students are humbly requested to take benefits of veteran teachers.

The Association appreciates the untiring and passionate efforts being made by Doctors, Paramedical Staff and other field staff in dealing and fighting Covid-19 while putting their lives at risk. 

The Association fervently appeals all the sections of the society to take due care and necessary precautions as per already issued guidelines to remain safe from this deadly viral disease. The Association also appeals general public to stay in their homes to break the chain of spread of this fatal virus.{KNN}.

Land Sinks In Ramban, 35 Residential Houses Damaged

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Land Sinks In Ramban, 35 Residential Houses Damaged

 

Amid heavy rains since Friday night, 35 residential houses got damaged due to land sinking at Chanderkote area of Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir last night.

The houses developed cracks and subsequently got damaged due to continuous sinking of a portion of the land, which started few days ago amid the incessant rains at Dalwas area of Chanderkote.

Following the incident, the families fled from their respective homes and have been rendered now homeless, they said.

Station House Officer (SHO) Chanderkote Nazir Ahmad told  that 35 houses were damaged badly due to the landslides followed by the sinking of land.

SHO said that a joint team of police and administration headed by ADC Ramban reached the spot immediately and shifted 40 families to safer places.

Meanwhile, the sinking of land creating panic among the residents.

The affected families have demanded immediate rehabilitation and proper arrangement. 

Free Ration Distribution To Poor Families, Migrant Labourers Starts In Ganderbal

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Free Ration Distribution To Poor Families, Migrant Labourers Starts In Ganderbal

KNN/MIR SHOWKAT

 

In view of total lockdown as a move to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 outbreak, the process of free ration distribution among poor families of the district Ganderbal and the seasonal labourers who have come from different parts of country started on Saturday.

The Deputy Commissioner Shafqat Iqbal on Saturday distributed free ration kits to various poor/needy/destitute families and labourers at Buderkund and Bambloora.

During distribution ADC Ganderbal Farooq Ahmad Baba and Tehsildar Ganderbal were also present.

District administration Ganderbal has framed a comprehensive plan for smooth distribution of free ration among such families and labourers who desperately are in need.

It was informed that free ration will be distributed by the Tehsil Committee comprising of Tehsildar, BDO, SHO and Sarpanch/Ward member concerned among as many as three thousand poor families and about 426 migrant labourers who are presently residing in the district.

The DC also expressed gratitude of the people for observing total lockdown as a move to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 outbreak.

The lockdown has been imposed as a precautionary measure to combat the threat of virus by maintaining social distance and adopting other related advisories.

DC said sufficient stock of all essential commodities are available in the district and viable mechanism has been formulated wherein the public distribution of essentials shall be made at the consumer’s door step so that public gatherings are avoided.

DC also visited the District Health Control Room established at CMO Office Ganderbal and inspected the functioning of the control room.

He appreciated the staff and urged them to maintain proper record of every call received at the control room and the action taken report on each and every query.

Coronavirus: Implementation Of PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana Started By Government Of Jammu And Kashmir

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Coronavirus: Implementation Of PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana Started By Government Of Jammu And Kashmir

 

Jammu and Kashmir  Government has started  implementation of  Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana under the 1.7 lakh crore package annpounced by Centre to tackle issues due to emergence of Covid19.

J&K Government Official spokeperson told that “Implementation starts in J&K.Two months ration being issued now. Includes April month normal ration and free ration under PMGKAY.

Double ration will be repeated in May & June in the same way. Ration shops to be kept open till late hours.

Two Hospitals In South And North Kashmir Should Be Designated As Coronavirus Hospitals: Doctors Association Kashmir {DAK}

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Two Hospitals In South And North Kashmir Should Be Designated As Coronavirus Hospitals: Doctors Association Kashmir {DAK}

KNN/SHAHID WANI

 

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Friday appreciated the efforts of administration for designating hospitals in Srinagar and Jammu as COVID-19 hospitals and demanded to convert all hospitals in north and south Kashmir as COVID19 hospitals in view of the rising number of positive cases.

President DAK, Dr Suhail Naik in a press statement issued to Kashmir News Network (KNN) said that around 85% of Covid-19 positive cases don’t have severe illness and can be managed at rural health care setup.“It is quite apparent that the spectrum of illness does not demand that all cases to be rushed into COVID-19 hospitals designated at Srinagar and this is invariably going to overburden central health infrastructure,” he said.

Dr Naik said treating pandemic like Covid-19 demands decentralization of health services as well as up-gradation of tertiary care simultaneously.

“This disaster could be averted only by the massive deployment of outreach services. Pandemic solutions are required for the entire population, not only for hospitals. This approach would limit the burden on central hospitals thereby decreasing the workload on health care workers, and minimizing consumption of protective equipment,” he said.

DAK said in hospitals protection of medical personnel should be prioritized and there should be no compromise made on protocols.

“There should be uninterrupted distribution and supply of N95 masks and personal protective equipment (PPEs) for frontline health workers,” it said.

On Friday, the doctor’s body held tele-meeting which was presided by Dr Suhail Naik and was attended by General Secretary DAK, Dr Owais H Dar, Dr Arshid H Trag, Dr Adil Wani, Dr Masood Ul Hassan, Dr Masood R, Dr Bilal Beigh, Dr Naseer Ta, Dr Zakir, Dr Fayaz Bhat, Dr Banday and Muhammad Yusuf Tak.

The doctor’s body appealed to the government to focus on measures to prevent infection be implemented massively, in all locations and including in vehicles.

Stating that medical and paramedical staff were stopped at several places, DAK urged for hassle-free movement of vehicles of doctors and paramedics.

It appealed the government to provide transport facility to ferry medical staff to various hospitals across Kashmir.

DAK appealed the administration to designate hotels in districts as hostel facility for medical staff with all facilities saying it is risky for medical staff to go home risking the lives of their families.

“We don’t need insurance cover but basic equipment to fight Covid-19,” it said and appealed people to stay home, stay safe and break the chain-{KNN}.

Coronavirus: Negligence Leads To Death Of First Covid-19 Case In Kashmir: Documents Reveal

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Coronavirus: Negligence Leads To Death Of First Covid-19 Case In Kashmir: Documents Reveal

 

A day after Kashmir reported its first Covid-19 death case, an investigation carried out by KNS has revealed how protocol required for treating such patients has not been followed in JVC as well as SKIMS Soura.

On 21st March, the deceased 65-year-old Muhammad Ashraf Anim visits JVC at 8:35 am and according to the patient registration card issued by JVC he discloses travel history to Delhi for ten days.

A junior resident doctor checks him initially, he then calls his senior resident doctor and finally, consultant checks up him, the patient report card of JVC reveals.

“Case discussed with consultant chest disease. High suspicion of Covid-19. Needs immediate testing in view of worsening saturation. Refer to SKIMS for further treatment (sic),” writes consultant on the patient report card.

The doctors at JVC added that he was asked to take ambulance for SKIMS but the attendant who is also a doctor preferred to go by their personal vehicle.

JVC administration negligence: They let him go by personal car and did not track him. The SOP for such patients is it coordinator cum liaisoning officer nominated by the hospital should have been informed immediately who would have alerted administration and police, a top health official told KNS. “This was a major breach on part of MS JVC. The official should not have let the patient go in any case. The official should be taken to task,” he said.
On the same day ( 21st March) at around 11: 59 Am he reaches SKIMS Soura and visits COVID Clinic (Emergency) with Suspected Covid written on the initial diagnosis a column of the patient report card.
As per the patient report card, here he reveals whole travel history from Andaman Nicobar to Srinagar.

He has also revealed that he was screened at Srinagar airport. This put a big question on the screening facilities set up by Government at the Srinagar airport for Covid suspected patients.

“No contact with any Covid positive patient. Other co-workers who were travelling with him were having fever and cough; now relieved and doing fine. They were from UP (sic),” reveals the SKIMS report card of the patient.

The report card also reveals that the patient was advised home quarantine, maintaining hygiene, avoid social gatherings.

“They want to talk to consultant Dr Ajaz Koul for further management and advice,” report card reads.
Reportedly, the consultant has seconded the advice of his junior doctor and allowed him to go home.

“Consultant told them that he is not Covid-19 patient or if they still insist he can be admitted in general medicine ward or he can go for home quarantine,” a senior doctor said.

SKIMS Mishandling: SKIMS consultant allowed him to go home despite grave symptoms of Covid19. He should have followed protocol and admitted him in an isolation ward and alerted the administration also, a senior officer in the administration said.

“We are looking into all lapses seriously and heads will roll. No one will be spared, no matter how big he is,” he told.

On the same evening, he again visits JVC after feeling stiffness in the chest.
The doctors there press him to get admitted in the hospital, but again the patient manages to leave hospital.

Reportedly, the MS here has communicated with chest medicine consultant and asked him to admit the patient.

“She should have communicated to liaison officer also and sought the help of police. But it did not happen,” a senior doctor in JVC said.

Next morning, the patient along with doctor attendant visited CD hospital Dalgate and doctors there admitted him in hospital.
Meanwhile, the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, ordered an inquiry yesterday after reports of mishandling of the case at the JVC Hospital in Srinagar.

“A report further reveals that the patient, who was later tested positive for COVID-19, has not been handled as per the protocol required for treating such patients,” the order reads.

The investigation reveals how the patient was allowed enough time to spread the virus by intermingling with the public and relatives. “The negligence at the hands of the hospital administration has resulted in a lot of confusion and vulnerability among masses,” an official said.

RBI Guidelines To Be Implemented By Jammu And Kashmir Bank, For Next Three Months No EMIs On Loans

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RBI Guidelines To Be Implemented By Jammu And Kashmir Bank, For Next Three Months No EMIs On Loans

 

Jammu and Kashmir Bank will not deduct EMIs on all loans for the next three months on account of  the coronavirus pandemic, while following the Reserve Bank of India directions issued this morning.

J&K Bank Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) R K Chhibber termed  the decision a major relief for the people of Union Territory, J&K and  said RBI directions will be fully implemented in Jammu and Kashmir and  no EMI payment by beneficiaries of J&K bank for the next three months.

Covid-19: J&K Police Arrested Fourteen Persons For Defying Govt Prohibitory Orders Of Not Offering Prayers In Masjid

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Covid-19: J&K Police Arrested Fourteen Persons For Defying Govt Prohibitory Orders Of Not Offering Prayers In Masjid

 

Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday claimed to have arrested fourteen persons in south Kashmir’s Awantipora for defying the prohibitory orders issued by the government to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.

A police spokesman in a statement said, “In order to control the spread of Covid 19, Awantipora Police today arrested fourteen persons who were offering Zuhr prayers in Gade Mohalla Masjid Awantipora despite clear orders of District Magistrate Pulwama as well as various announcements made by Awantipora Police for offering prayers at home only.”

“Today during patrolling police found 14 persons have assembled at Gade Mohalla Masjid for prayers. No sooner they came out of masjid sharif they were arrested and taken to Police Station for legal action,” said the spokesman.

Case FIR number 38/2020 under section 188,270 IPC stands registered at Police Station Awantipora, he said.

People of Police District Awantipora are requested to follow various Government advisories to control the spread of Covid 19 . People are also requested to stay at their respective homes and offer prayers at their homes, said the spokesman in a statement. {KL}

Covid-19: Suspension Of Friday Prayers Across India Amid Lockdown

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Covid-19: Suspension Of Friday Prayers Across India Amid Lockdown

 

All Muslim sects have suspended Friday prayers to abide by the government’s decision of complete lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus, however, the call for prayers will continue in the mosques.

Jamaat-e-Islami Sharia Council said in a statement that, “the Friday prayer (Juma namaz) should also be observed (only by Imam, Muezzin, Khadim, and administrators of the mosque). The prayer and the Khutbah (speech) should be completed in the minimum possible period and the remaining public should do the Zuhr prayer at home.”

The Shia sect has also suspended the Friday prayers across the country and asked the people to remain indoors according to the directive of the government.

Maulana Ashraf Imam of Mumbai, said, “We had suspended the Friday prayers and daily prayers in the mosques since last week and this will continue till the government desires as the primary object of every person should be to save lives and follow the government directive. We are appealing to people to remain indoors from the mosque loudspeakers and social media.”

In Kashmir also, grand mufti Nasirul Islam said that he has appealed to people that Friday and daily prayers will be suspended and it’s allowed in Islam.

The mosques in the capital and elsewhere are only giving call for prayers and 3 to 5 persons offer prayers adhering to the social distancing norms, said a Muezzin.

4G Internet Restoration In Union Territory Of Jammu And Kashmir, Orders Issued By Ministry Of Home Affairs (MHA)

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4G Internet Restoration In Union Territory Of Jammu And Kashmir, Orders Issued By Ministry Of Home Affairs (MHA)

 

Amid growing clamour for restoring high speed internet, Ministry of Home Affairs, government of India, has ordered restoration of 3G and 4G services in Jammu and Kashmir, Home Ministry said.

The high speed internet continues to be blocked from 233 days of the revocation of the Article 370 and bifurcation of the Jammu and Kashmir into Union territories of J&K (with legislature) and Ladakh (without legislature).

“We have directed the chief secretary of the UT and the 4G internet services in Jammu and Kashmir will be restored shortly,” Minister of State for Home, GoI, G Kishan Reddy said.

He said that the orders regarding restoration of the internet has been done keeping in view the 21-day lockdown ordered by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to contain the coronavirus spread.

The administration had hitherto restricted the mobile Internet speed to 2G services, citing security reasons.
Amid increasing cases of Coronavirus, the chorus for the restoration of high-speed internet services had grown lately in Jammu and Kashmir.
Many people, including Lok Sabha Member Farooq Abdullah, former chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Srinagar Mayor Junaid Mattu and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija Mufti, had called for the restoration of the services to help raise awareness about the virus.
Abdullah also wrote to PM Modi last week, requesting the restoration of 4G Internet services to enable people of JK to work from home.

Amnesty International India had on Thursday last also called for the restoration of 4G Internet services, saying that people in the region should have full access to health and safety-related information.

“There is growing anxiety around the pandemic and unwarranted restrictions on content and dissemination of information only stands to add to the panic. Complete shutdowns or restricting of internet speed or access makes it difficult for people to navigate their way through a difficult time further undermining their trust in the authorities.

The Government of India needs to adopt a rights-respecting approach to protect public health and restore access to 4G speed internet,” Avinash Kumar, Executive Director, Amnesty International India, had said. (GNS)

Choudhary Roshan Hussain Strongly Condemn The barbaric Attack On Gurudwara Sahib In Afghanistan By Enemies Of Mankind

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Choudhary Roshan Hussain Strongly Condemn The barbaric Attack On Gurudwara Sahib In Afghanistan By Enemies Of Mankind

General Secretary All JK Pahari and Gujjar Bakerwall’s United Front and Social Activist Choudhary Roshan Hussain Strongly condemn these fanatics & criminals who target a house of worship to harm innocents. Peace will only come when people resolve their differences through words, not guns.

Choudhary in a press statement issued to Kashmir News Network (KNN) condemn the attack on Kabul Gurdwara. Totally inhuman act at the time when whole world is suffering from the Covid-19 and our Sardaar Brothers are helping people in every corner of the world. You culprits are attacking them. You will never be saved from the Curse of All might Allaha.

Choudhary condolences to the families and victims in today’s attack against the Sikh Worship place in Central Kabul, Afghanistan. (KNN)

Coronavirus: Two More Cases Reported Positive In Srinagar, Kashmir Covid-19 Cases Rise To Three

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Coronavirus: Two More Cases Reported Positive In Srinagar, Kashmir Covid-19 Cases Rise To Three

Govt Urges People Not To Panic, Follow Shutdown, Other Measures Strictly

Two people, who had arrived from Saudi Arabia and New Delhi recently, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, official sources said.

As of now, three persons have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Kashmir Valley while the tally of such patients in the entire J&K has gone up to 6. Three cases were reported from Jammu earlier this month.

A senior officer in government also confirmed  that two persons have tested positive and urged people not to panic. “We are dealing with the situation and people are requested to strictly follow the shutdown and other precautions such as maintaining hygiene and social distancing strictly,” he added.    
  
Sources said that as part of the procedure, the samples of the duo were sent to an outside laboratory for cross-checking purposes and at both laboratories, the tests came out to be positive.

They said one of them is a resident of Natipora Srinagar and had returned from Saudi Arabia on March 16 in the same flight (443-Air India) which was boarded by the 67-year-old woman who tested positive on March 18, becoming the first COVID-19 case in Kashmir. The Natipora resident is 57-year-old and had reported to the CD hospital only a couple of days backs, causing a great deal of worry administration. 

The other person is said to be a resident of Hyderpora Srinagar, aged around 65-years, who had returned from New Delhi recently after being part of a ‘Tablighi Jamaat’ attended by people from Indonesia and Malaysia. 

As already reported the duo was yesterday moved to separate isolation facility at CD hospital, which has since been converted into a Covid hospital along with two other hospitals—SKIMS Bemina and JLNM Rainawari.(gns)

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Covid-19: Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Directed All States/UT’s To Ensure Operational Continuity Of Print, Electronic Media

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Covid-19: Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Directed All States/UT’s To Ensure Operational Continuity Of Print, Electronic Media

 

The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has directed all states and union territories to ensure “operational continuity” of print and electronic media in view of the COVID-19 outbreak, and ensure there is no impediment to the printing and distribution of newspapers in all cities.

This comes even as experts have underscored the importance of newspapers during the public health crisis of binding communities together, and informing their audiences with necessary warnings and the directions to prepare, survive and rebuild in emergencies.

In a letter to the chief secretaries of all states, the letter said the working of these networks is not only “essential” to keep the “people well informed and aware of the latest developments, but also to avoid fake messages.””…good practices need to be promoted and these networks play a pivotal role in ensuring the same,” it said.

The letter has urged the state governments and union territory administrations to facilitate operational convenience of the services. It also said the movement of vehicles carrying media persons, DSNGs and others including provisioning of fuel, where-ever required may kindly be facilitated; and availability of uninterrupted electric supply and other logistics as requested by such facilities be provided.

The services include TV channels, news agencies, teleport operators, Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG), Direct to Home (DTH) and Highend-in-the Sky (HITS), Multi System Operators (MSOS), cable operators, Frequency Modulation (FM) radio and Community Radio Stations (CRSS).

Covid-19: Immediate Evacuation Demanded By Kashmiri Students Stuck In Bangladesh

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Covid-19: Immediate Evacuation Demanded By Kashmiri Students Stuck In Bangladesh

 

In wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the students from Kashmir pursuing various courses in Bangladesh have been left stranded at the country’s border with India.

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Kashmiri students stuck in Bangladesh demand immediate evacuation

The colleges in Bangladesh have been shut and all the students have been asked to go home. “We are around 70 students from different colleges, stuck here (in Bangladesh) and we want to return home,” the students said.

They appealed External Affairs Minister to intervene and appealed to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to open borders for them so that they can go home.

The students also urged the J&K administration to intervene into the matter and ensure their safe return.

“We urge the Jammu and Kashmir administration and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Government of India to take immediate measures in bringing us back to Kashmir,” the students said.

DDC Anantnag Visits Quarantine Centre At Pahalgam, Takes Stock Of The Arrangements

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DDC Anantnag Visits Quarantine Centre At Pahalgam, Takes Stock Of The Arrangements

 

In order to review the arrangements put in place at Quarantine Centre Pahalgam, the DDC Anantnag, Mr. Bashir Ahmad Dar today visited the said centre, where 50 students, who have returned from Bangladesh, have been put on Quarantine to avert the infection.

The DDC was informed that all the basic facilities including healthcare and sanitation have been made available at the Quarantine centre and the students expressed their satisfaction over the arrangements. It is also to mention here that 40 more students from the neighbouring districts of kulgam Shopian and Pulwama with foreign travel history have been sent to the Quarantine centre at Pahalgam by district administration Anantnag. In addition, the students coming from Srinagar Air Port today will be sent to Quarantine Centre Pahalgam, the DDC said.

As the National Highway has been closed & Air Services have been suspended, and there is no possibility of entry of any new person with foreign travel history to the valley, therefore, all such persons with foreign travel history from Anantnag district are being directed to inform the nearest control rooms voluntarily to avoid the risk and stern action be initiated against the violators, the DDC said.

Designate Coronavirus Hospitals In Kashmir: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK)

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Designate Coronavirus Hospitals In Kashmir: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK)

 

The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK)  demanded that the government designate coronavirus hospitals in the valley and procure ventilators before it is too late.

DAK President Dr Suhail Naik said that Kashmir has about a hundred ventilators and all of them mostly remain occupied. “Our health care system has fragilities and we don’t have even evolved private health sector in Jammu and Kashmir. Now, in addition to the perennial challenge, if we face an immediate crisis we can collapse as an institution. The health infrastructure in Kashmir is overburdened and it can’t take extra load and will crumble with any unprecedented crisis,” he said in a statement.

DAK said that it is a bitter truth that even a cancer patient in Kashmir gets appointment after months and the healthcare facilities are not up to the mark.

“It is for government for make preparations to cope with a third-stage outbreak of the coronavirus. And government must identify ample space in major private city hospitals, army hospital, hotels to expand bed capacity,” the DAK said.

It said immediate expansion is needed at newly upgraded five medical colleges and in district and sub-district hospitals.

“Further, there must be dedicated COVID-19 critical care units in hospitals with round the clock oxygen supply, ventilators, and trained critical care specialists,” the DAK said.
“It is very unfortunate that government has failed to provide sanitizers and PPE to health workers, thereby putting their lives at risk,” it said.

“How can a doctor manage a respiratory patient when he knows Covid-19 is a fatal virus with fast transmission spreading like wildfire. With non-availability of PPE there is a threat that we may lose our colleagues, their family members, and rest will develop psychological disturbances and depression,” DAK said.

The DAK said that it is mandatory to frame rotational duty roster of health workers, so that the frontline health force is not exposed to the dreaded virus.

“We must understand that Covid-19 can’t be fought by doing paperwork but by pragmatic approach and by making our health care system strong,” it said.

“It is important to understand that no system may be good enough. We have the example of Italy, Spain and China before our eyes. We are not best equipped to respond to such a big human tragedy,” it said.

“We warn people that if they won’t follow advisories and administrative orders religiously, then the biggest human tragedy is on the cards and we can lose our dear ones,” it warned.
DAK appealed people to stay indoors and break the transmission chain of Covid-19 saying that it is the only and best remedy available with people to save themselves.

“The government should also restore 4G internet services so that patients can be examined through video calls and can decrease face to face contact with patients,” the DAK said.

Covid-19 Update: Total Cases In India Rise To 415, Four From Jammu And Kashmir, State-Wise Count Here

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Covid-19 Update: Total Cases In India Rise To 415, Four From Jammu And Kashmir, State-Wise Count Here

The total number of novel coronavirus cases in India rose to 415 today after 30 fresh cases were reported, according to Health Ministry data. The figure includes 41 foreign nationals and the seven deaths reported so far. The 415 figure also includes 24 people who have been cured, discharged or migrated, it said. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said 18,383 samples have been tested till 10 am on Monday.

Maharashtra is worst hit with 89 confirmed cases. Kerala has the second highest number of cases at 67. COVID-19 has so far claimed two lives in Maharashtra. Delhi has reported 30 positive cases, while Uttar Pradesh records 25 cases.

Telangana has reported 21 cases. Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan have reported 28 cases so far. In Haryana, there are 17 cases, which include 14 foreigners.

Telangana and Karnataka have reported 26 cases each. Punjab and Ladakh have 13 cases each. Gujarat has 14 cases while Jammu and Kashmir has four.

Tamil Nadu records six cases. Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand reported three cases each. West Bengal reported four cases. Odisha has two cases.

In Punjab, the number of COVID-19 affected patients stands at 21.

The government is taking strict measures to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus, which has killed seven people. Gujarat, Bihar and Maharahstra reported a death each on Sunday, while four deaths were earlier reported from Karnataka, Delhi, Maharashtra and Punjab, the Health Ministry said.

Seventy five cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bengaluru went into complete lockdown till 31 March. Trains, metros and inter-state buses have been shut from today, only essential services like milk, vegetables, medicines, grocery and ATMs will be available during the shutdown.